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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Homeless Man Accused of Setting Fellow Transient Ablaze To Be Arraigned Today

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 8:45 AM

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A homeless man accused of dousing a fellow homeless man with lighter fluid while he slept and igniting him will face the judge today.

Eric Dilbeck, 47, was in November charged with immolating 55-year-old Byron Rowe as the latter slept in Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

Rowe suffered second- and third-degree burns on his back, but survived the ordeal. Dilbeck was already jailed for marijuana possession when he was charged with a bevy of charges stemming from the alleged attack on Rowe -- including attempted murder and arson. He will be arraigned this morning in superior court.

Dilbeck was convicted of robbery offenses in Texas in 1979 and '82, according to the District Attorney's office -- as well as dozens of arrests in San Francisco since 1992, usually for drugs or trespassing.

Finally, this case is not to be confused with that of homeless man Scott Darden Kinney. That 39-year-old transient was also accused of lighting a fellow homeless man, Johnell Kirk Jr., on fire after dousing him in gasoline -- but was last month found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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